The world has experienced a monumental shift towards remote work, highlighting the crucial need for cloud-based developer tools. Artificial intelligence is revolutionising industries, transforming the way we write, create art, and provide healthcare. Meanwhile, the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity has become paramount, with companies worldwide facing relentless cyber threats.
In this rapidly changing world, there is an unprecedented demand for professionals skilled in computer science, information technology, bioinformatics, and cybersecurity.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of global experts, equipped to tackle the most pressing challenges of our time. The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) offers a range of master’s degree programmes that prepare graduates to thrive in their careers. In fact, 95% of master’s degree graduates secure job placements within three months of graduation, with many of them being sought after by Fortune 500 organisations for full-time employment.
These connections bloom from internships and mentoring relationships established by CCI’s Business Partners programme, which tirelessly fills the college’s network with esteemed businesses. Recent partners include Duke Energy, Allstate, Syntelli Solutions, Lowe’s, Microsoft, Bank of America, Kingsmen Software, Oracle, Amazon, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, and Deutsche Bank, amongst many others.
UNC Charlotte is a pioneer in providing competitive, innovative, and market-responsive education in computing and informatics. As an institution committed to solving global challenges, they continuously strive to remain at the forefront of technological advancements.
Among the master’s degrees offered by CCI are the MS in Computer Science, MS in Cybersecurity, MS in Information Technology and MS in Bioinformatics. A range of PhD programmes are also available.
Ready to apply? More than 500 international students enrol at UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics each year. If you’re ready to take the next step in becoming a computer science expert, here are the primary things you should know:
- For the purposes of admission, the UNC Charlotte Graduate School defines “international applicants” as those who are not US citizens and who hold, or who intend to hold, a temporary visa/status at the time of submitting the application-for-admissions and/or during at least their first semester of studies at UNC Charlotte. Learn more.
- Any applicant whose native language is other than English must submit an official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score. Learn more.
- Admission to the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte requires a student to show evidence of successful completion of a US bachelor’s degree programme or its foreign equivalent from a regionally accredited (in the US) or an officially recognised/approved or accredited institution abroad. Learn more.
- There are financial requirements for international students who are admitted to a graduate programme at UNC Charlotte and who hold, or who intend to hold, F-1 or J-1 visa/status during their studies. Learn more.
UNC Charlotte offers competitive tuition and associated costs for international students. Furthermore, many international graduate students hold assistantships or work on campus.
The International Student and Scholar Office provides information, services and programmes that help international students achieve their individual, educational and personal goals. They also aim to help foster an appreciation for a culturally diverse learning environment in the larger University community.
UNC Charlotte’s online application will walk you through all the steps and documentation you need to submit. This includes transcripts, references and a statement of intent.
The advantages of living and learning in Charlotte
Immerse yourself in the vibrant tech ecosystem of Charlotte, North Carolina — a thriving hub that serves as home to global corporations and an urban incubator for innovative new startups. Among the tech companies that call Charlotte home are Torc Robotics, Axios, Cisco, Honeywell, Siemens, LendingTree, AvidXchange, Red Ventures, Credit Karma and EPAM Systems.
There is a strong financial services industry in the area, which recruits top tech talent to support the ongoing shift to digital banking. All of this means the demand for highly-trained IT, cybersecurity and data professionals is exceptionally strong — as is the opportunity for internships and real-world experience during your studies.
Charlotte is also one of the fastest-growing and the eighth most diverse cities in the US (Source: WalletHub 2023). It has strong communities of people born outside of the US, with residents from Latin America, India, China and Vietnam being the fourth largest populations (Source: 2021 US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey).
A strong public transportation system, including a light rail that comes directly to campus, makes Charlotte an easy city to navigate and to enjoy the many educational, cultural and entertainment opportunities it has to offer.